Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras

A great time was had by all at St. John’s annual Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebration.

Combining Lenten traditions from the Church of England (the pancake supper) and from our Louisiana neighbors (Mardi Gras and gumbo) the evening offered something for every one, young and old alike.

Adults ate and visited while children decorated Mardi Gras masks and donned beads.

Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”) is the day before Ash Wednesday. A day of fasting, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent, the forty days prior to Easter in which Christians are called to reflect on their lives and renew your faith. The custom of “one last hurrah” before the Lenten season took the form of the Pancake Supper in England–the idea being that one should use up one’s butter and syrup before the Lenten observance.

This year, the pancake races drew fierce competition as the following folks distinguished themselves as the champion racers:

  • Owen Suitonen (5-9 year old heat)
  • Adam Tamez (10-16 year olds)
  • Charity Cornelius (adult, so-called)

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